Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality advocacy organization, announced Thursday it plans to raise and invest $2 million through its “Win More States Fund,” aimed at passing marriage bills in several states across the country.
In the first wave of contributions for 2013, Freedom to Marry said it will invest $800,000 in six states where marriage bills are currently being debated — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
“Building on our 4 for 4 ballot victories in November, Freedom to Marry is calling on supporters to join us in continuing the momentum and winning still more states in 2013,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.
“With the clock ticking on the Supreme Court’s review of marriage cases, we want to make as much progress as we can – and with battles already under way now in state capitals, we all need to put our money where our momentum is,” said Wolfson.
Freedom to Marry’s Win More States Fund, launched in 2012, channels donations into state marriage campaigns, supports grassroots organizing, lobbying, and media aimed at marriage equality advocacy work at the state level.
In 2012, Freedom to Marry invested $4 million in the four states where the marriage equality measures were on the ballot — Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington — and toward defeating a marriage repeal measure in New Hampshire, and to move a marriage bill through the New Jersey state legislature.